Course Descriptions

AB UNLIMITED, 56-Hours – An USCG classroom based course satisfying the written examination of 46 CFR 12.05-9 for the “Deck and Navigation General / Deck Safety” and “Deck General / Rules of the Road” examination modules for any ABLE SEAMAN endorsement and the practical (knot tying) examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.05-9 for any ABLE SEAMAN endorsement . All instruction and written license examinations are completed in class. 


UPGRADE TO MASTER 200 GRT (Inland and Near Coastal Routes), 32-Hours – A USCG approved license training course for mariners wishing to obtain a Master 200 near coastal license. Classroom based instruction. This is training course will satisfy the examination requirements of 46 CFR 10.205(i) for original license issuance, 10.209(c)(iii) for renewal, and 10.209(f) for re-issuance of a Master of Steam or Motor Vessel NMT 200, 100 GRT and or OUPV license. 


MASTER 100 GRT (Inland and Near Coastal Routes),  80-Hours – An USCG approved license training course for those mariners wishing to obtain either a Master 100 or OUPV near coastal license. Classroom based instruction. This is training course will satisfy the examination requirements of 46 CFR 10.205(i) for original license issuance, 10.209(c)(iii) for renewal, and 10.209(f) for re-issuance of a Master of Steam or Motor Vessel NMT 100 GRT and or OUPV.


OUPV to MASTER 100 GRT (Inland – Near Coastal), 24-Hours – A USCG approved license training course for OUPV who wish to upgrade to Master 100 tons. This training must be completed within one-year of issuance of original OUPV license.


OUPV (6-Pack ~ Inland and Near Coastal Routes), 56-Hours – For those mariners wanting to obtain an Operator of Un-Inspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV). License training class for various water-based businesses such as fishing and river guides along with commercial ecological tour and parasail operations. This license may be upgraded  to Master 100 ton with our 24-hour Upgrade OUPV to Master 100 license training course within one year of completion of the OUPV course. This is a USCG approved training course satisfying the examination requirements of 46 CFR 10.205(i) for original license issuance, 10.209(c)(iii) for renewal, and 10.209(f) for re-issuance of an OUPV license. License candidate will receive either inland or near-coastal routing based on their sea time and experience.  This course is offered both in class and webinar based - virtual classroom settings.


COMMERCIAL ASSISTANCE TOWING ENDORSEMENT, 4-Hours – A USCG approved license endorsement course for currently Coast Guard licensed Masters wishing to engage in commercial assistance towing. This is training course will satisfy the examination requirements of 46 CFR 10.48(b) for an endorsement to any license up to Master NMT 200 GRT. All instruction and written license examinations are completed in class. All training materials included. 


AUXILIARY SAIL VESSEL ENDORSEMENT, 4-Hours – An approved license endorsement course for currently Coast Guard licensed mariners holding a Masters level rating wishing to operate inspected sail vessels which carrying more than 6 passengers. This training course will satisfy the examination requirements of 46 CFR 10.205(1)(b) for Sail Auxiliary Sail Endorsement to any license up to Master NMT 200 GRT. All instruction and written license examinations are completed in class. All training materials included. Classes offered in convenient single-evening and one-day formats.


MASTER 100 or OUPV LICENSE RENEWAL, 8-Hours – A Master and or OUPV license renewal course for those currently Coast Guard licensed mariners lacking the required sea time since their license’s last issuance for automatic renewal but still within the USCG allowed one (1) year grace period after the date of expiration. This is a USCG approved training course satisfying the examination requirements of 46 CFR 10.209(c)(iii) for renewal of any deck license endorsed for service of NMT 100 GRT. All instruction and written license examinations are completed in class. All training materials included. Classes offered in a convenient one-day format.


LAUCH OPERATOR, 24-hour – This approved course meets the requirement for mariners wishing to obtain a USCG Launch Operator’s license for yacht clubs and marinas.


TRAIN THE TRAINER, 40-hours – This approved course meets the requirements in 46 CFR 11.302 for instructors responsible for the delivery of USCG approved merchant mariner license training courses. This is a prerequisite to becoming an approved instructor to deliver courses for various approved USCG courses as an instructor.


FCC MARINE RADIO OPERATOR’S (MROP) Preparation Class and Examination for Original License – This is a MROP license training class plus in-class FCC Element 1 examination for all mariners. Instruction and examination delivered by our instructors acting as a FCC Commercial License Examiner for the COLEM, Elkins Institute, a division of BFT Training Unlimited, Inc. All FCC required license application forms (605 and Schedule E) are provided along with an electronic FCC submittal service of all required documents. Two (2) to three (3) hours of detailed professional test preparation and study guide review provided prior to the required Element 1 examination. All instruction and written license examinations are completed in class.